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Doctor Who: Cold War

The TARDIS lands aboard a damaged Russian submarine in 1983. An alien creature recovered from a block of Arctic ice is on the loose and the Doctor soon realizes that the alien is an old foe whose code of honor demands that it destroy Earth using the submarine's nuclear missiles.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x8
Airdate: Saturday April 13th, 2013
Special Airtime: 06:15 pm

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Apr 13, 2013
AU (ABC) Apr 14, 2013

Guest Stars
Spencer WildingSpencer Wilding
As Skaldak
Nicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs
voiced Skaldak
Liam CunninghamLiam Cunningham
As Captain Zhukov
David WarnerDavid Warner
As Professor Grisenko
Tobias MenziesTobias Menzies
As Lieutenant Stepashin
James NortonJames Norton
As Onegin
Charlie AnsonCharlie Anson
As Belevich
Main Cast
Jenna-Louise ColemanJenna-Louise Coleman
As Clara Oswald
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor


The Arctic Ocean in 1983, and a Russian sub makes its way through the depths. When they receive a fire signal, Captain Zhukov has the crew prepare for launch. As Zhukov prepares to press the fire button, Professor Grisenko comes out, singing. The captain points out that they were in the middle of a drill and orders all hands to stand down. Lt. Stepashin suggests that they run the drill again because of recent NATO exercises, but Zhukov dismisses it as mere saber-rattling...

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Episode Quotes
Clara: Are we going to be okay?
The Doctor: Oh, yes.
Clara: Is that a lie?
The Doctor: Possibly.

The Doctor: A native of the planet Mars. And we go way back. Way back.
Captain Zhukov: Martian, you can't be serious?
The Doctor: I'm always serious. With days off.

The Doctor: Skaldak won't talk to you. You're--you're an enemy soldier.
Captain Zhukov: And how would he know that?
The Doctor: A soldier knows another soldier. He'll smell it on you, smell it a mile off.
Captain Zhukov: And he wouldn't smell it on you, Doctor?

Clara: How'd I do? Was I okay?
The Doctor: This wasn't a test, Clara.
Clara: I know. But...
The Doctor: You were great, yeah.
Clara: Really?
The Doctor: Really.

The Doctor: Professor, I could kiss you.
Professor Grisenko: If you insist.
The Doctor: Later.

Skaldak: My world is dead! But now there will be a second Red Planet. Red with the blood of humanity.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerCaroline Skinner  |  Steven Moffat
ProducerMarcus Wilson
First Assistant DirectorKen Cumberland
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Location ManagerNicky James
Production AssistantRachel Vipond
Production CoordinatorGabriella Ricci
StuntsDavid Newton  |  Marcus Shakesheff  |  Tom Aitken
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
Production SecretarySandra Cosfeld
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Assistant DirectorDanielle Richards
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Location AssistantIestyn Hampson-Jones
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